Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports
Rookies get no love from the refs, but they get lots of love from the fans if they rebound.
By now you've heard the refrain. Jared Sullinger is great, but he needs to stop fouling so much. Or spun another way, Sully is a rookie, so the refs will give him no love. Either way, he's fine with it. Especially when the team is winning.
His fouls on Friday weren't registered with enough frequency to detract from his overall production, and he even light-heartedly jabbed at his tendency to foul, which was a cause of considerable frustration for him as recently as three weeks ago. "As long as we’re winning I’m happy. Happy to hack," Sullinger joked. "No biggie."
He certainly helped the winning cause last night.
But earlier in the game, Sullinger was the biggest reason the Celtics built a double-digit lead. He had 14 points and eight rebounds off the bench in the first half. That was the same number the Celtics starters had combined late in the first half.
He finished with 14 points and 11 rebounds for his second consecutive double-double. More nights like that are going to make everyone happy - regardless of the fouls.